What’s Stopping Scientists from Making Viable Synthetic Blood?

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Whilst in the past doctors tested concoctions of milk and wine as blood transfusions, the future looks to use non-organic materials. To be specific, doctors are looking at replicating the functions of blood’s individual ingredients – red and white blood cells, platelets, and plasma – instead of blood in totality. Not only is this a simpler approach, but it also allows for more tailored treatments: “[a] relatively small bleed may require only red blood cells, whereas substantial blood loss may [need] red blood cells along with platelets and plasma.” Read full article here

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